DescriptionFranklin D. Roosevelt: Signed U.S. Navy Shellback Certificate.
-July 25, 1938. 21" x 15".
-To: John Herty, Jr., G.M., 1st Class, U.S. Navy.
-Light soiling upper left, else fine.
This U.S. Navy shellback certificate was issued to John Herty, Jr., on July 25, 1938, for a trip on board the U.S.S. McDougal south to the Galapagos Islands. The McDougal was a destroyer accompanying the U.S.S. Houston, which was returning from escorting FDR to San Francisco. Boldly signed by FDR at lower left. It has been a long naval tradition to initiate "pollywogs" into the Kingdom of Neptune, the legendary god of the seas, upon their first crossing of the Equator. Captains of ships have always taken time, either in war or peace, to uphold this long practiced tradition.
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